Not lookin' so groovy
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Talk about a fashion faux pas .
Secretary of State John Kerry momentarily ditched his usual stiff suit look during a recent trip to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative summit in Bali by donning a casual purple shirt. The shirts, called “endeks,” are made of traditional Balinese textiles.
It was not a look that the famously stuffy Kerry could pull off successfully. He looked less like a diplomat than he did a member of the '60s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane.
Still, we can't shake the feeling that since he returned home, Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz, have been padding around her Fox Chapel estate in matching, goofy-looking endeks despite snickering from the servants. After all, endeks look as comfortable as pajama tops.
SANTORUM'S STUDIO SUING EX-EXECS. It's a bad scene at the Christian movie studio run by Rick Santorum , former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 GOP presidential wannabe.
The Washington Post reported that the Dallas-based EchoLight Studio is suing two former executives for allegedly attempting to sabotage the company. One defendant allegedly threatened to “malign” Santorum in show-business publications. The other supposedly took control of the studio's Facebook account and labeled himself the studio's founder just days after he was fired.
EchoLight's first offering is a Christmas movie starring Susan Boyle, a former “Britain's Got Talent” contestant. If you find EchoLight's litigation far more intriguing than its initial cinematic release, we wholeheartedly share that sentiment.
FOR A FLAB-FREE PENNSYLVANIA, VOTE PAWLOWSKI. It certainly doesn't resemble the typical campaign website.
Supporters of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski , a Democrat gubernatorial hopeful, likely will be confused if they visit the website pawlowskiforgovernor.com . Instead of pictures of and information about Pawlowski, the site features a Japanese-language advertisement for a Japanese product that promises to get rid of cellulite and thick thighs.
The Morning Call of Allentown reported that the site is owned by Internet domain registrar GoDaddy, which sells space on unwanted domain pages to companies such as the one peddling the anti-cellulite cream. The Pawlowksi campaign is attempting to purchase that domain name.
In the meantime, Pawlowski supporters can go to pawlowskiforpa.com if they are more interested in the candidate than the cream.
WORKING BOTH SIDES.Joe Conti, former Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board chief executive, is keeping busy in “retirement.”
After Conti retired from his $156,700-a-year LCB position on Feb. 2, he immediately caused an uproar when he returned as a part-time, $80-an-hour consultant to the agency. He served in that role until July.
Now, the former Republican state senator from Bucks County has registered as a lobbyist and represents unionized state-store employees.
NO PAY, NO PLAY. Excela Health's efforts to alert people in Greensburg about Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October cost the organization $20.
Greensburg has an ordinance that requires anyone wanting to put up a banner to pay $20 for a permit, city officials said.
Excela's Breast Cancer Awareness Month banner went up on the 450-space J. Edward Hutchinson Parking Garage at 560 Shearer St. after the permit fee was paid.
City officials said they didn't want to look as though they were favoring Excela by opting not to charge the permit fee for its banner.
— compiled by Trib Total Media staff
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Steelers know when to say goodbye
- IUP students have raucous early St. Patrick’s Day celebration
- Ex-Colts executive Polian: Approach free agency with caution
- With so many needs, Steelers can ill afford to miss in draft
- Pitt rallies in final seconds of regulation en route to OT win at Clemson
- Steelers defense doesn’t make the grade in 2013 review
- Ukrainians steel to resist Russian aggression
- Fashion essentials: Pittsburgh’s style watchers tell what they can’t live without
- Pirates’ big risk with pitch-heavy draft focus might soon pay off
- Duquesne closes regular season with victory over George Mason
- Is a natural gas severance tax ahead?